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2018 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2017)

2018 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2017)

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Offers started showingBuy up 24 Jan 2018, see https://promotions.united.com/offers/premierstatus for your offer (if eligible)

In recent years, in January (typically the second week or so), UA has offered status-buy programs. Generally, UA has limited to no more than an additional 15K PQMs or 15 PQSs ( and similar limits for PQDs).

Past year programs
January 2013
January 2014
January 2015
January 2016
2017 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2016) January 2017


Buy up ≈ MAX(rounded PQM gap fee, rounded PQD gap)
Those rules seem to work >90% of the reported cases. (at least in 2017,2016,2015)

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PQM gap chart for earlier years
 to Sil to Gold to Plat to 1K
 1K $199 $299 $349 N/A
 2K $349 $499 $649 $999
 3K $499 $649 $849 $1,399
 4K $649 $799 $999 $1,699
 5K $799 $949 $1,149 $1,949
 6K $949 $1,099 $1,299 $2,199
 7K $1,099 $1,249 $1,449 $2,449
 8K $1,249 $1,399 $1,599 $2,699
 9K $1,399 $1,549 $1,749 $2,949
 10K $1,549 $1,699 $1,899 $3,149
 11K $1,699 $1,849 $2,049 $3,349
 12K $1,849 $1,999 $2,199 $3,549
 13K $1,999 $2,149 $2,349 $3,749
 14K $2,149 $2,299 $2,499 $3,949
 15K $2,299 $2,449 $2,649 $4,149
Is it worth it to stretch for 1K (over Plat)? [2017 Consolidated]
Is it worth it to stretch for Plat (over Gold)? [2017 Consolidated]
Is it worth it to stretch for Gold (over Silver)? [2017 Consolidated]
Is it worth it making Premier Silver? [2017 Consolidated]
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Old Jan 5, 18, 2:28 pm
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2018 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2017)

Does anyone have an idea when UA will start to send out upgrade offers (buy up) for 2018 status? I am Silver again with only 27k miles, 40PQS, but $8500 PQD. My work travel is generally fairly last min (book within 1 week), but all super short haul (IAH-OKC, IAH-AMA etc) so I get a good amount of segments but not many actual PQM's (I usually get status on PQS not PQM and almost all on one way flights). I have had Gold in the past and when I travel with family I really enjoy the benefits of booking E+ at booking instead of at check in. I would pay a decent fee to buy up if I could ($500ish) but I am not sure if it will even be offered to me since I am just right at Silver status.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:03 pm
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The first offers last year were 20th Jan 2017, see 2017 UA MP elite status buy-up offers (for higher status than earned in 2016)

In the past, the max PQM delta was 15,000 for the next level and was far, far above your $500 decent level.

Your high PQDs might help.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Davidl81 View Post
Does anyone have an idea when UA will start to send out upgrade offers (buy up) for 2018 status? I am Silver again with only 27k miles, 40PQS, but $8500 PQD. My work travel is generally fairly last min (book within 1 week), but all super short haul (IAH-OKC, IAH-AMA etc) so I get a good amount of segments but not many actual PQM's (I usually get status on PQS not PQM and almost all on one way flights). I have had Gold in the past and when I travel with family I really enjoy the benefits of booking E+ at booking instead of at check in. I would pay a decent fee to buy up if I could ($500ish) but I am not sure if it will even be offered to me since I am just right at Silver status.
I have no idea of what the cost would be but $500 ish sounds VERY low to me to buy up to gold status for some 23k PQM needed. If you take .07 cpm which is as low as I have seen PQM it would be $1610. I was short all the way until a few hours until the ball dropped and bought up 15k as I was ill and couldn't take my scheduled trip over 100k. No anxiousness or stress and upgrades and status posted almost immediately.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Davidl81 View Post
Does anyone have an idea when UA will start to send out upgrade offers (buy up) for 2018 status? I am Silver again with only 27k miles, 40PQS, but $8500 PQD. My work travel is generally fairly last min (book within 1 week), but all super short haul (IAH-OKC, IAH-AMA etc) so I get a good amount of segments but not many actual PQM's (I usually get status on PQS not PQM and almost all on one way flights). I have had Gold in the past and when I travel with family I really enjoy the benefits of booking E+ at booking instead of at check in. I would pay a decent fee to buy up if I could ($500ish) but I am not sure if it will even be offered to me since I am just right at Silver status.
You're probably better off buying an E+ subscription.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Coskigirl View Post
You're probably better off buying an E+ subscription.
Really the E+ at booking is only needed when I travel with the family. I've had really good luck on getting the random E+ seat when I travel solo. I think maybe only once or twice in the past three years I have had to sit towards the back when I am by myself. It gets hard with the family since I try to get four seats next to each other and getting those at check in is basically impossible. The E+ sub would only help myself since it does not cover any other party members.

I do agree that the odds of getting an upgrade offer of any kind is fairly small, and the cost is most likely not going to make much sense. I have the MP Club card so I already get the 2 bags (50lb not 70), thus the value from Silver to Gold is some what mitigated, All things considered I really did prefer Gold to Silver, so hopefully I get an offer that I can justify to myself.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:45 pm
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OP is perfectly primed for an IAH-XXX-Asia mileage run. One sub $500 trip will give him all the PQMs needed to clear the delta from SIlver to Gold.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
OP is perfectly primed for an IAH-XXX-Asia mileage run. One sub $500 trip will give him all the PQMs needed to clear the delta from SIlver to Gold.
That and a time machine back to 2017 and they're set!
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Old Jan 5, 18, 3:52 pm
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LOL, I have thought about it several times. My issue is taking a weekend away from the wife and two little ones (5 and 2) for a mileage run.
Me:"Honey can you watch the kids this weekend so I can fly around the world so we can have Gold status this year?" DW:"That is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard you ask for!"
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Old Jan 5, 18, 4:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Davidl81 View Post
Me:"Honey can you watch the kids this weekend so I can fly around the world so we can have Gold status this year?" DW:"That is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard you ask for!"

I think a lot of “dedicated” FT’ers have played out that conversation either for real or in their head ... 😂

“How do I convince my SO that a MR is so worth it?!?”
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Old Jan 5, 18, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by aacharya View Post
OP is perfectly primed for an IAH-XXX-Asia mileage run. One sub $500 trip will give him all the PQMs needed to clear the delta from SIlver to Gold.
Any idea of what and when the best xxx would be for that? I used to do IAH->ORD->HKG->SIN, but with the demise of the UA HKG->SIN, that does not work too well anymore.

I need 1 good MR this year to pass 1MM lifetime and unless my business travel really picks up, I'm done with the status chasing game.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 4:15 pm
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Oldie but a goodie : )
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Old Jan 5, 18, 4:16 pm
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Originally Posted by jmcintosh View Post
I think a lot of “dedicated” FT’ers have played out that conversation either for real or in their head ... 😂

“How do I convince my SO that a MR is so worth it?!?”
Mine has not been too hard to convince. She barely flies enough on her own to make Silver each year. Once I told her that when I hit Lifetime Gold, I can gift her that status too. Thats 2 bags free and E+ at booking. That argument got me 3 Asia MRs last year and depending on vacation plans it will be good enough for the final one I need for this year to hit 1MM.

Cheers,
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Old Jan 5, 18, 4:22 pm
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That and a time machine back to 2017 and they're set!
WIth the time machine I suggest buying some bitcoins... sell them last week and fly 1st class.
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Old Jan 6, 18, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by chavala View Post

super hilarious!
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Old Jan 23, 18, 8:21 am
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Anyone gotten an offer yet?

Hi all,
Has anyone gotten a 2018 buy up offer as of yet? Seems later this year!
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